You know you’ve struck gold on the mum mate front when one announces they are launching a wine tasting company.
I mean, if there’s ever a time in your life you need a mate and a bottle of wine, it’s leap 8 ( ‘a la The Wonder Weeks). Trust me.
So, when Mary-Kate asked if I’d be up for having some mates round over the festive period to trial one of her tasting sessions before her business, Taste Together, goes live, I didn’t need a second to consider it.
Time to Taste Together
Last weekend, just as the coughs, sniffles and raging temp set in 🙈, I joined four of my lovely friends in our new abode, to set sail on a festive wine journey.
Mary-Kate has an eye for detail and organisation skills like no other, (remember the mate that organised the mum awards in the summer? See, I told you!) and the style in which she dressed my house for the event was spectacular. I’m so glad John, her photographer, was on hand to capture it all. I’m going to convince everyone that I put this effort in for Christmas Day, haha!
The evening began with glittering antlers and saucers of sparkling on arrival. Unlike your popular Champagne or Prosecco, this sparkling wine was an absolute hit with us all and I could of quite happily supped it all night. But you know, we had 5 more wines to try!
During our tasting, we took part in ‘The Reindeer Games‘ to test our vino knowledge whilst enjoying tastes from all over the globe.
Supping out of your comfort zone
I’ve always been a white drinker. But your typical Sauvignon Blanc drinker who shamefully asks for a bit of ice alongside it 🙈 Thankfully the two white wines that Mary Kate chose put an end to such sabotage.
Following the whites, we tried a Rose (which tasted EXACTLY like strawberries and cream, and 2 Red options, which I found be be just as enjoyable which was truly unexpected! Maybe I’ll be a sophisticated red drinker in the next decade hey?!
They were all definitely the types of wines I’d plan on opening for a special occasion, rather than when you just NEED to hear that ‘glug glug glug’ on a stressful Wednesday. Keep that for your average fiver bottles.
It’s all in the hosting
Anyway, aside from the marvellous wines, Mary-Kate herself was top notch. Sharing her expert knowledge and obvious passion for wine throughout the evening, in a relaxed and informal manner. I had one of those real ‘proud mate’ moments, you know?
She’s hosting wine tasting evenings over at Bread and Butter on Liverpool’s Hope Street, in January, (which have nearly sold out- so be quick!!) which would make a lovely Christmas gift for yourself or a loved one.
So what are you waiting for, grab your pals and ‘taste together‘ 🥰